The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and even publishers.
Hilary Mantel is the first woman and the first British writer to win the £50,000 (US$80,502) Man Booker Prize twice for her novel Bring Up the Bodies, the second installment of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Mantel also won in 2009 for Wolf Hall. Australian Peter Carey and South African J.M. Coetzee are the other double Booker winners.
"Well, I don't know. You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize... two come along at once," said Mantel in her acceptance speech. She is currently working on a third volume, The Mirror and the Light, and called the award "an act of faith and a vote of confidence."
Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn at the hands of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell as Anne and her powerful family fight back while she is on trial for adultery and treason.
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